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Kurdish Lover

Kurdish Lover

A Feature film by Clarisse Hahn

Produced by Les Films du Présent

Release in France : 12/09/2012

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Les Films du Présent

Foreign production company :

Avanton Productions

Co-production :

24 Images Production

French distribution :

Nour Films


The Kurdish lover is Oktay, a man of Kurdish origin with whom I share my life. We have been drifting through a devastated region brought to a standstill by war and economic misery. How do people manage to co-exist in this place? This is the question posed by the film.

Here we live in close proximity to one another, in a tightly woven network of geographical and social ties. Loving someone can become confused with having a hold over them. It is with an often black humour that the characters featured in this film find ways, within their community, to affirm that they truly exist.

A shaman goes into trance in front of the television, sex-starved hermit dreams of marriage, a ewe is sacrificed and eaten, an old woman prevents her daughter-in-law from learning to read, a shepherdess lives at the top of the mountain and would like to return to the valley, the military watch over the village, a man who came from Europe goes off to request the hand in marriage of a young girl living with her mother.

It is through these situations that we discover the reality of families doing what they can to find a way of living together, to take the best - or the worst - from each moment."

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Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Patrice Nezan

Screenwriter :

Clarisse Hahn

Director of photography :

Clarisse Hahn

Press Attaché (film) :

Claire Viroulaud

Sound Editor :

Janne Laine

Assistant Director :

Oktay Sengul

Co-producer :

Farid Rezkallah

Sound recordists :

Clarisse Hahn, Catherine Rascon

Editor :

Catherine Rascon

Sound Mixer :

Janne Laine

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Feature film

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Kurdish, French, English, German, Turkish

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Majority French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 38 min

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